PhD in Cultural Studies and Anthropology, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
Literary and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Gender and Sexuality, Queer Kinship and reproduction, Films and literature
Jayaprakash Mishra completed his PhD in Cultural Studies and Anthropology in the Department of Liberal arts at Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad where his research focused on gay men married to women and how they negotiate with the social institution of marriage and family. Drawing on ethnographic accounts of gay men in mixed orientation marriage from the Eastern Indian state of Odisha, he examines how they situate themselves in the position of ambivalence to reconfigure the normative kinship structure simultaneously contesting the Western modes of family of choice.
His research interests are located in the intersection of Cultural studies and Literary studies, Anthropology, and is particularly interested in non-normative family, intimacies and friendships in South Asia. Another caveat of his research interest is in fictions, cinema, and popular culture. He recently finished working on a project on disability, care and family where the research group interviewed caregivers of people in the autism spectrum to understand their experience generally but also particularly during Covid 19. Some of the future research he is currently speculating are queering reproduction, Media and Autism, a textbook on popular culture and experiences of South Asian in the diaspora broadly.
He has been invited to present his work at some of the leading US universities including Princeton University, Stanford University and Brandeis University. He is recently Elected as the Co-chair for European Network of Queer Anthropology (EASA network) under which they will organize a workshop and a conference Panel funded by EASA.